Ministerial Government at the European Level: The Case of Austria

Wolfgang C. Müller

in The National Co-ordination of EU Policy

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199248056
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601545 | DOI:
 Ministerial Government at the European Level: The Case of Austria

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Although this chapter touches on the long-term development of the Austrian permanent representation at Brussels (which dates back to the mid-1950s, when Austria had a mission for handling relations with the European Coal and Steel Community), it concentrates on the time since Austria has been a member of the European Union (1995). The first two sections deal with the organization and personnel of the permanent representation. The following section locates the permanent representation in the policy co-ordination process. A discussion follows of the limits to co-ordination that are inherent in the set-up of the Austrian institutions, and there is also a brief discussion of activities and strategies. The conclusion attempts to situate the empirical findings in the context of models of government.

Keywords: activities; Austria; Austrian institutions; Austrian permanent representation; Brussels; EU policy; European Union; national policy; organization; personnel; policy co-ordination; strategies

Chapter.  10200 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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